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Table 1 Common anthropometric measurements and indices in children under five

From: Anthropometric indices and measures to assess change in the nutritional status of a population: a systematic literature review

Index Nutritional problem measured Indicator
Weight-for-Height/Length (WFH/L) Severe wasting WFH/L < −3 SD
Moderate wasting WFH/L < −3 SD and WFH/L ≥ −2 SD
Global wasting WFH/L < −2 SD
Height/Length-for-age (H/LFA) Severe stunting H/LFA < −3 SD
Moderate stunting H/LFA < −2 SD and H/LFA ≥ −3 SD
Global stunting H/LFA < −2 SD
Weight-for-age (WFA) Severe underweight WFA < −3 SD
Moderate underweight WFA < −2 SD and WFA ≥ −3 SD
Global underweight WFA < −2 SD
Measurement Nutritional problem measured Indicator
MUAC Severe wasting MUAC < 115 mm
Moderate wasting MUAC < 125 mm and MUAC ≥ 115 mm
Global wasting MUAC < 125 mm
Oedema Oedematous malnutrition Bilateral oedema below the ankles: +
Bilateral oedema up to knees: ++
Bilateral oedema up to arms and higher:+++